Veteran MMA referee Big John McCarthy justified his reasons for momentarily stopping the fight at what could have been a pivotal moment for Robbie Lawler. For those who missed it, Robbie Lawler threw a liver kick at Matt Brown, the kick landed clean, however Brown grabbed at his cup to signal the kick landed low, and John McCarthy stopped the fight for a moment to let Brown recover from the low blow. The kick replayed during Brown’s timeout and it showed that the kick landed clean.
Big John McCarthy took to Twitter after the bout to justify his actions in momentarily stopping the fight. Check it:
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For information, the kick thrown by Robbie was legal, his shin moved Matt Browns cup, you could hear it, that's why Matt was given a moment
— Big John McCarthy (@JohnMcCarthyMMA) July 27, 2014